Bill Sayer is the former master in charge of rowing at St Edward’s School, Oxford, and at Shrewsbury School, two of Britain’s premier rowing schools. After rowing and sculling with some success at Southampton, Bangor and Cambridge universities, he rowed, sculled and coached at a number of clubs. He has had many coaching successes in both rowing and sculling over the years, including national championships, international regattas and Henley Royal Regatta. His record-breaking age group crews have won many National Schools regatta and Schools Head titles across a range of boat types. Crews and former pupils under his guidance have frequently represented England and Great Britain and include World Championship medallists and champions. In 1988 as chief coach he was responsible for the selection and training of the very successful British junior teams in the World Championships and other international events. As a biologist he is particularly interested in the scientific basis of modern rowing training and equipment, and he has even made some high-performance racing boats to his own designs, using advanced materials and methods of construction.
Rowing and Sculling by Bill Sayer
This new paperback edition of Bill Sayer’s comprehensive guide to the sports of rowing and sculling has been further revised and updated since the third edition. British rowing has undergone many changes in recent years and has enjoyed some spectacular international successes, particularly in the London 2012 Olympics. Levels of skill and professionalism are increasing all the time and new developments in training and equipment all go towards further increases in performance. This new edition takes into account these changes and incorporates recent research findings and experience that underpin improved training methods and nutritional advice.
Bill Sayer offers invaluable instruction to maximize the athlete’s efficiency, strength and endurance on the water. He surveys the basic equipment, the rigging and design of boats and their oars and sculls, the principles and practice of training – including the special requirements of women and juniors and the signficance of environmental factors, nutrition and psychology.
The body of the book deals with different techniques required for rowing and sculling, illustrated by new sequences of photographs, and offers advice on steering and coxing and the special challenges of both head-of-the-river and regatta racing. With the aid of over 120 of his own colour photographs, diagrams and tables, Bill Sayer aims to provide every enthusiast, whether beginner or experienced competitor, with the information they need for greater success in the sport.